11/4/17

The slickback is without a doubt the most iconic Wall Street haircut ever worn. Patrick Bateman was the first to unleash it on an unsuspecting world, and Jordan Belfort brought it to a new generation of aspiring bankers and financiers. This isn't the generic businessman combover, or even a fratty flow. Achieving a slickback requires patience, money, and lots of effort. Case in point:

Have any of you tried the slickback or seen someone pull it off? What do you think of this classic Bateman haircut?

Comments (47)

10/20/17
Financial Modeling
10/20/17

Appreciate the response. Not sure if you're trolling or not, but I'm less concerned with the movie American Psycho and the character of Patrick Bateman and more interested in opinions on the haircut.

10/20/17

sorry about that - we're testing bot functionality and in the future it will only be responding to lonely threads that get no comments after a few days (and wont bump them)...

About the haircut. I like it, but tough to pull off and I'm more of a short on the sides type of guy...I'm also going bald, so take that into consideration...

10/22/17

Can't go wrong with a @DickFuld haircut.

10/30/17

@WSO Monkey Bot can burn in hell!

10/21/17

Reminds me of the Gordon Gekko character (played by Michael Douglas) in the 1987 movie Wall Street, Powerful and slick.

10/27/17

Boy, I was so confused at first. Who was Gordon Gekko? I could have sworn I had heard of him. Then you reminded me "(played by Michael Douglas)" and BOOM I suddenly remembered!

Alas, then I was thinking to myself "man, but WHAT MOVIE was this Gordon Gekko fellow from? and more importantly, when did this movie come out?" But you proved to be a veritable Nostradamus once again, reminding us that the character Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) was indeed from the 1987 film Wall Street.

Otherwise we might not have known who you were talking about

11/1/17

LOL

11/4/17

this is gold

10/21/17

Classic is the key word. In current times it looks like an investment banker or a sales guy trying too hard!

10/22/17

I don't anyone SHOULD pull it off,,,,unless is a vintage look or a costume party...
Jokes aside, i think it is very hard to put a context to this haircut.

10/22/17

I can, I am the count

10/29/17

It is a style you find in the streets of Uk a lot too....it doesn't mean you should go around with it...

Financial Modeling
10/22/17

This is actually still pretty common in EU, it looks sick.

10/22/17

In Sweden its probably the most common haircut among city guys. Our king: King

EDIT: Unfortunately the man-bun holds a close 2nd place...

10/22/17

Tried it once. Got an unstoppable urge to murder three prostitutes with a chainsaw in my apartment, hang their dead carcasses in my wardrobe and eat their brains. Then I went back to my usual side part.

To infinity... and beyond!

10/22/17

I have a similar style, as do most other people in the City.

10/22/17

That's awesome. Didn't know people in the City still rocked the slickback.

10/22/17

Sometimes, when I need to throw down full regalia, I use the bateman.

10/22/17

I feel bad for you all.

10/22/17

why?

10/22/17

Because, this forum is now flooded with high-schooler, 16 year olds. They watch American Psycho and think that investment banking is 'cool' and now want to portray a movie character. It's just super cringy.

The best part is when I go on their profiles and they're giving users career advice. No wonder all the Certified Users have left.

Best Response
10/22/17

The irony is killing me. You must be one of those so-called cringy high schoolers, considering that your profile is also uncertified. I also simply don't think that someone who makes comments like "Prob the gayest thing I've read" on other peoples' posts has the right to comment on anyone else's maturity. Perhaps do a little introspection before trying to start petty fights on someone's creative article. Thanks!

10/22/17

I think this is a little outdated of a hairstyle. Nevertheless, you will still see many people in the industry sporting this. The question is, can the individual pull it off?

10/23/17

My VP has this haircut lol

10/23/17

I have never seen this pulled off successfully with blond hair, so it's unlikely I'd try to get it.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
10/26/17

But you too could look like this:

10/26/17

Chris Hemsworth has had a decent slickback at different points in the past.

10/25/17

Ha, now this is a bit of a classic. i think YMMV, but generally I've seen folks sport this haircut. You just need to keep a medium top and keep the sides short (but not tapered or on a fade like you see with modern side parts / undercuts). A bit of pomade and you're basically set.

I'm a creature of habit personally and I've not really had anything other than a simple side part. It's low maintenance, doesn't really require anything other than a comb, and you can generally get by without product of any sort mostly. To each their own, of course :)

There's a closer meaning to my user name. Try reading it quickly. Perhaps you will then understand ;P

10/27/17

I had this cut during the summer and it took a while to grow out. It looked really good but the execution had to be perfect. The price of good pomade and time of upkeep wasn't worth it. Working out with hairlike that is a nightmare unless you have a cap. Lady's loved it though.

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and i am no quite sure that i know that." Socrates

10/27/17

how long did it take to grow after your last haircut? im not going to cut my hair till i look like sensei bateman

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

10/27/17

from a medium length it took about 5 months

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and i am no quite sure that i know that." Socrates

10/28/17

5 months FFS but i need the hair now for PE interviews sigh...

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

10/27/17

christian bale? ok fine

ben mcadoo? you look like a tool.

but what do I know, I've got the neel kashkari haircut

"The four most dangerous words in investing are: 'this time it's different.'" - Sir John Templeton

"The investor's chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself." - Benjamin Graham

10/27/17

Hoover swoop to post-grad slickback... classic

10/29/17

Can confirm that lots of us Europeans still rock this.

Quite common in the City of London, event see Brits with the Bateman look.

Went to university in a small English town though: "Oi prettyboy, you 'ave a poof's hair"

10/29/17

Had a similar haircut for a while. It's a lot of work depending on how your hair is. I liked it a lot but it was just too much upkeep for how few hookers I killed

//Signed//
MLang

10/30/17

I've been pulling this off for the better part of the decade. Not only does it look great, but as you get into your mid-30s, you will find many people around you who will NEVER be able to pull it off (due to baldness). There's nothing better than a constant visual reminder to the rest of the world that you are genetically blessed.

Having the right pomade / product is key. I like Baxter of California Clay Pomade.

10/31/17

This!! You, my friend, are my spirit Monkey. :)

"I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing. "
-GG

11/3/17

Definitely jealous of the monkeys with the great hairlines.
I tried fighting against genetics for a while then I accepted my fate when I met my then girlfriend's (now wife) father and he had the horseshoe.

10/30/17

How about you try it out, post a pic, and then we can tell you if it's a good look or not?

Really can't tell, until you try it. Am I right?

10/30/17

I've been rocking this style for ages now. Not cause I want to look like a psychopath who likes to impale running hookers with a chainsaw (does anyone in Manhattan even knows what a chainsaw is?) but mostly because I think my hair is made from piano wire and I can only style it when it gets a certain length and I have to balance length and style and this just works for me. Some people asked me if I style it after Gekko (hence my moniker) and some just ask me if I am a member of the Italian mob (I swear to God, my garbage man has the same exact cut and style except his is drowned in about a gallon of gel most of the time). In any case, it's a boss style but your personality (minus the hooker killing - or not, whatever floats your junk) stature and dress style need to complement it for the full effect.

"I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing. "
-GG

10/31/17

Cant tell you how many Patrick Bateman costumes I saw today haha

11/2/17

I generally wear my hair like this to work.

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